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Rufescent Screech-Owl Megascops ingens

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  • Rufescent Screech-Owl (subspecies ingens)
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Until recently, many authorities considered the Colombian Screech-Owl (Megascops colombianus) to be a subspecies of the Rufescent Screech-Owl. Furthermore, some authors have even regarded the smaller and more rufous-colored Cinnamon Screech-Owl (Megascops petersoni) as conspecific with the present species, although their voices and plumage both differ. The Rufescent Screech-Owl is one of the more wide-ranging Andean species of Megascops, it ranging from northwest Venezuela south to northern Colombia, before reappearing in northeast Ecuador, whence it occurs south to west-central Bolivia. Nonetheless, it is generally uncommon and not easily encountered. The distinctive white markings on the scapulars are present in both the brown and rufous morphs; the bird’s plumage is otherwise rather uniform, with large brown eyes and only vestigial ear-tufts.

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Recommended Citation

Rufescent Screech-Owl (Megascops ingens), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/rufsco1